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Birthday presents go to dogs and cats

Two Jamestown brothers said they received enough presents for Christmas and used their birthday wishes to brighten the days of dogs and cats at an animal shelter in Jamestown.

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Two Jamestown brothers said they received enough presents for Christmas and used their birthday wishes to brighten the days of dogs and cats at an animal shelter in Jamestown.

Kollin Schaff turned 6 on Jan. 7, and his older brother, Carsen, turns 8 on Feb. 25. The brothers celebrated with separate birthday parties on Saturday and Sunday, and in lieu of presents for themselves, more than 21 friends and family each brought pet items for the dogs and cats at James River Humane Society.

"We brought them treats and bones and toys and cat beds," Carsen said. "I like playing with the kitties and the doggies."

The brothers were proud to show what they brought, said Kris Meidinger, Humane Society dog manager. There was a nice amount of cat and dog items and she said the boys should be proud.

"We thought it was a great," Meidinger said. "It was a nice, generous donation."

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Sheila Marsalek, the Humane Society cat manager, said it's wonderful when people donate their time and supplies to the shelter and animals in need and it is appreciated.

"I have volunteered with the cats for 12 years and have done lots of adoptions during those 12 years and trained a lot of volunteers," Marsalek said. "It is always rewarding to meet new people who want to help."

The boys' parents, Cordell and Kelcie Schaff, said the boys came up with the idea on their own. Their birthdays are close to Christmas, and the boys said they had enough toys so they created a birthday event on Facebook that explained the Humane Society gift idea.

"My youngest likes the cats and thought it would be great to do something for someone else," Kelcie Schaff said. "Carsen is a Cub Scout and has been to the shelter before and kind of learned about the animals and likes to visit to see the dogs and cats."

The boys enjoyed picking out more toys and treats using birthday gift money, she said. The boys also enjoy taking part in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program and buying gifts for someone else, she said.

The boys were very excited about bringing the gifts to the Humane Society and it was a treat for them to play with the dogs and cats, Schaff said. They brought lots of treats and toys, dog food and collars.

"They said it made their hearts happy," Schaff said.

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